Loading and Unloading Injury Claims in North Carolina
Loading and unloading trucks involves serious risks. A steel band can sever a finger or cause a deep cut requiring stitches, falling bricks or debris may crush a worker’s foot, or a stack of lumber may spontaneously release and cause serious injury or even death. Heavy lifting without proper equipment can cause injuries immediately or result in disabling injuries and chronic pain over the course of several years.
A ruptured disc, a limb amputation, or a traumatic brain injury can result in a lifetime of medical expenses and special needs. If you have a claim due to a loading or unloading injury, our North Carolina Workers’ Compensation attorneys will fight hard to ensure you receive the maximum amount of benefits.
If defective equipment, such as a load truck, forklift, dock plate, or truck door was responsible for your injury or loss of a loved one, you also may be entitled to a third-party product liability claim. If the accident resulted from a hazardous site such as a broken dock plate, an unstable crane, or a slippery surface, you may have a premises liability claim in addition to other sources of compensation.
According to recent statistics, each year, approximately 60 workers are killed and 5,000 are seriously injured while working in haulage and distribution. An additional 23,000 workers suffer serious enough injuries to keep them home from work for several days. Many of these job related injuries occur during the loading and unloading process, often caused by:
- Being hit by a moving vehicle
- Falling from a vehicle
- Falling loads
- Manual handling tasks
It is the responsibility of your employer to provide you with a safe working environment whether you are loading/unloading, driving a truck, or working on an assembly line.
If you have suffered an injury due to a loading/unloading accident in North Carolina, please contact the aggressive, dependable Workers’ Compensation attorneys at White & Stradley, PLLC today to schedule your confidential, no-cost consultation. We proudly serve clients throughout North Carolina including, Greenville, Fayetteville, Morganton, Winston Salem, Winston Salem, Charlotte, Durham, Asheville, Greensboro, and Wilmington, North Carolina.